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Gastroenterology Fellowship

General Overview

The Carolinas Medical Center Gastroenterology Fellowship is an ACGME-approved, three-year, flexible program designed to train board eligible/certified internal medicine specialists in the field of clinical gastroenterology and hepatology. The program will fund two fellows per year for a total of six fellows.

The program curriculum has been designed to adhere to the principles and guidelines outlined by the ACGME as well as the major national gastroenterology organizations including the AGA, ASGE, ACG and AASLD. The primary objective will be to train excellent clinicians in the field of gastroenterology and hepatology in an environment that fosters thoughtfulness and a scholarly approach to the understanding and treatment of basic disorders or the digestive tract and liver. Given the number of diverse career choices for gastroenterologists and hepatologists, the secondary objective will be to provide a flexible environment that allows fellows to tailor their third year of training to their specific needs.

Fellows will receive intensive in-patient, out-patient and endoscopic training for at least eighteen months during the program with at least six of those months focusing on hepatology. There will be 6 months of protected time for an individualized research experience during the second year. During the third year, fellows will focus on biliary/pancreatic diseases, exposure to advanced endoscopic techniques related to these diseases, general gastroenterology clinic/procedures and other various electives.

A basic breakdown of activities by year is as follows:

Year 1:
4 months general gastroenterology in-patient service; 5 months out-patient endoscopy service; 3 months hepatology service; general gastroenterology clinic ½ day per week.

Year 2:
6 months protected research time; 2 months in-patient gastroenterology service; 3 months hepatology service; 1 month elective; general gastroenterology clinic ½ day per week; continue to perform basic endoscopic procedures plus additional advanced esophageal procedures (manometry, pH monitoring, impedance testing) and wireless capsule endoscopy.

Year 3:
3 months of focus on biliary and pancreatic diseases with exposure to related endoscopic procedures; 1 month equivalent of out-patient endoscopic procedures at the Charlotte VA out-patient facility; general gastroenterology clinic ½ day per week. The remainder of the year will be tailored to the individual fellow and consist of various electives and/or continued research.

During the course of training, fellows will participate in a weekly Problem Case Conference, a weekly Core Curriculum Conference, a monthly Journal Club, a monthly Research Conference and periodic Pathology and Board Review Conferences. Fellows will have the opportunity to attend at least one national gastroenterology or hepatology conference per year as well as our annual Carolinas Medical Center Hepatology/Gastroenterology Course.

If interested in the Gastroenterology Fellowship, please contact our Program Coordinator Nancy J. Frazier at 704-355-7479 or at nancy.frazier@carolinashealthcare.org.

Faculty

Martin W. Scobey, MD Martin W. Scobey, MD, FACP
Dr. Scobey is the Program Director and received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee and completed his gastroenterology fellowship at the Wake Forest University. He joined the faculty of Carolinas Medical Center in 2007 to serve as the Chief of Gastroenterology in the Department of Internal Medicine. He currently holds an appointment as a clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Scobey's interests include general gastroenterology, esophageal motility disorders and inflammatory bowel disease.
Herbert L. Bonkovsky, MD Herbert L. Bonkovsky, MD
Dr. Bonkovsky received his medical degree from the Case Western Reserve University. He completed his gastroenterology/hepatology fellowship at Yale University. Dr. Bonkovsky He has active research interests in hepatic heme metabolism, drug-induced liver disease, as well as emerging treatments for hepatitis B and C.
 Andrew deLemos, MD Andrew deLemos, MD
Dr. deLemos received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed his gastroenterology fellowship and advanced hepatology fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. Areas of interest: non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, autoimmune hepatitis and liver transplantation.
Andrew Dries, MD

Andrew M. Dries, MD
Dr. Dries received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and completed his gastroenterology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Dries' areas of focus include endoscopic ultrasound and therapeutic pancreatic-biliary endoscopy.

See more information about the 4th Year Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship.

Jianfeng Cheng, MD, PhD Jianfeng Cheng, MD, PhD
Dr. Cheng received her medical degree from the Zhejiang Medical University and her PhD from Columbia University. She completed her gastroenterology fellowship at the Virginia Commonwealth University. Areas of interest: general gastroenterology, inflammatory bowel disease and biostatistics as applied to clinical research in gastroenterology.
Jason Lewis, MD Jason Lewis, MD
Dr. Lewis received his medical degree from SUNY, Syracuse. He completed his gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Michigan and his advanced endoscopic fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University. Areas of interest: endoscopic ultrasound, therapeutic pancreatic-biliary endoscopy and enteral stenting for benign and malignant GI disease.
Thomas Roberts, MD Thomas Roberts, MD
Dr. Roberts received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina and completed his gastroenterology fellowship at Ohio State University. Areas of interest: general gastroenterology and inflammatory bowel disease.
Mark Russo, MD

Mark W. Russo, MD, MPH
Dr. Russo received his medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and completed his gastroenterology and transplant hepatology fellowships at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Russo is the Medical Director of Liver Transplantation at Carolinas Medical Center. Areas of interest: liver transplantation; drug induced liver disease, fatty liver disease and the treatment of chronic viral hepatitis.

See more information about the Transplant Hepatology Fellowship.

Paul Schmeltzer, MD Paul Schmeltzer, MD
Dr. Schmeltzer received his medical degree from the Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed his gastroenterology fellowship training at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He then completed a transplant hepatology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic Rochester. Areas of interest: viral hepatitis, drug-induced liver injury, and hepatobiliary malignancy.
Philippe Zamor, MD Philippe Zamor, MD
Dr. Zamor received his medical degree from the Boston University School of Medicine. He completed his gastroenterology fellowship training at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and his transplant hepatology training at the Columbia University Medical Center. Areas of interest: treatment of hepatitis C, hepatocellular carcinoma and liver transplantation.
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